ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs overpowered in loss to Cubs as Caleb Smith throws 6 innings

Jul 25, 2021, 3:20 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Caleb Smith delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball gam...
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Caleb Smith delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and David Bote homered, Trevor Williams pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Sunday.

Williams (4-2) struck out six and allowed five hits with no walks over 6 1/3 innings in his first scoreless outing of the season. It was the right-hander’s second start (and third appearance) since missing five weeks following an appendectomy.

Andrew Young had a pinch-hit RBI single and Pavin Smith had two hits for the Diamondbacks, who had won five of six.

Arizona starter Caleb Smith (3-7) allowed five runs on three hits in six innings.

After Willson Contreras led off the bottom of the first with a walk, Bryant stroked an 0-1 pitch into the center-field bleachers. Rizzo followed with a solo shot for a 3-0 lead.

Bote, who was activated from the 10-day injured list before the game, added a two-run blast in the fourth to make it 5-0. Bote had been sidelined since May 30 with a dislocated left shoulder.

Young singled in David Peralta in the ninth to break the shutout.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: C Carson Kelly (fractured right wrist), INF Ketel Marte (strained left hamstring) and RHP Taylor Clarke (strained right teres major) all took part in a live batting practice session Saturday at Chase Field in Arizona. Kelly was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Hillsboro on Sunday. Marte was slated to play in an Arizona Complex League game on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Widener (1-0, 3.55 ERA) starts the opener of a two-game series at Texas on Tuesday night. RHP Dane Dunning (3-7, 4.30) pitches for the Rangers.

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